Werner Aerni

1907 - 1992

Artist biography

Werner Aerni was a visual artist, Born in 1907, Werner Aerni passed away in 1992. Artists like Esther Williams, Martha Allen, Rita Leff, Frida Kahlo, and Cornelius Rokus Ameijden were also born in 1907.

Further Biographical Context for Werner Aerni

Born in 1907, Werner Aerni's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1920s. Significant artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be developed during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time the careers of a number of influential and pioneering artists began to flourish, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of reflection and solemnity following the horrors of the First World War. Significant shifts in politics were happening worldwide, and Marxism took a strong grip as an ideology amongst artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural significance, Surrealism spread as an philosophy on an international scale, and became the leading theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and concentrated on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany enabled this movement to blossom and grow and develop further.